Lawyer fails to keep license

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A lawyer from Albury has failed to keep his license after representing himself twice in court.
Joe Efrem Blackshield was caught by police on October 23 driving at least 30kph above the limit, a report from The Border Mail reveals.
Magistrate Michael Price of the Albury Local Court revoked the lawyer’s license he failed in arguing his case.
According to The Border Mail, Blackshield, a P plater, used four arguments to try to keep his license.
The lawyer said that he needed his license because he does emergency legal work including completing wills for people in palliative care.
Moreover, Blackshield said that he needed to drive to Wodonga to perform volunteer work for underprivileged clients.
The lawyer also argued that he needed to keep his license to continue to drive to visit his grandmother in Sydney every month.
Furthermore, Blackshield said that revoking the license would be “exceptionally harsh” because he has only been in Albury for six months and thus has no support in the area.
However, in his decision to dismiss the lawyer’s appeal, the magistrate said that Blackshield can still practice law even if he did not have a driver’s license.

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